The Resource Papers

Papers

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Papers, ca. 1880-1985,
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Papers
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ca. 1880-1985,
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Summary
  • The Charles F. Gillette Papers are housed in 117 archival boxes on shelf, tubes, map case drawers, and 3 custom oversize boxes. The collection is arranged into nine (9) series. Series have been designated for: I. Administrative Records; II. Client Correspondence; III. Drawings; IV. Housing Projects; V. Maps; VI. Personal Papers; VII. Photograph Files; VIII. St. Giles Church Files; IX. Vendors and Sub-Contractors. These records include correspondence, invoices, clippings, contracts, specifications, photographs, architectural drawings, surveys, landscape drawings, card indices, catalogs, promotional materials, family histories, and tax returns. This collection spans nearly the entire career of arguably one of the most influential landscape architects in the Commonwealth
  • Not all of Gillette's business materials survive as many were purged to make room in the office or for other reasons. Accordingly, in some instances the collection holds both drawings and correspondence for a particular project; in other instances, only drawings or correspondence exists; and in other cases, no materials survive for a project. A numbering system was superimposed by the institution in order to deal with inconsistencies in record-keeping practices in Gillette's office. The Client Control Number (CCN) is a unique number to each of Gillette's clients and is similar to Gillette's account numbering system. However, Gillette's system sometimes reused numbers or did not assign numbers to certain clients, hence the need for a uniform system. The CCN is used throughout several series within the collection, but is most associated with the Drawings series (SERIES III). Series III is arranged and accessed by CCN
  • A client may have more than one CCN if two or more projects were undertaken with a significant time lapse in between and/or if Gillette's office assigned more than one account number. While the bulk of the records were donated in 1993 by the University of Virginia, additional donations have been made and continue to be made as records are discovered by private individuals. Accordingly, each addition is separately accessioned and listed as a distinct entity. While these records are treated distinctly for administrative purposes, they are inter inter-filed with the collection and arranged in the appropriate series and folder
  • An in-depth description of each series may be found in the finding aid attached to this catalog record
  • Accession 35686 consists of 9 drawings for client no. 204, dating ca. 1924-1925
  • Accession 40039 consists twelve drawings, 1938-1940, of River Terrace, 101 Pitt Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia, for Mr. and Mrs. W. M Boyle. Gillette drawing numbers 615-1, 4-12, and 14-15
  • Accession 40047 consists of one drawing, 25 February 1916, for Mrs. Robert Haskins, Westhampton, Virginia. Gillette drawing number 0021
  • Accession 40081 consists of one drawing, 22 April 1940, for Mr. C. W. Huff, Jr., Richmond, Virginia. Gillette drawing number 675-2
  • Accession 40231 consists of one drawing, 25 September 1935, for Dr. and Mrs. W. H. L. White, Charlottesville, Virginia. Gillette drawing number 496-6
  • Accession 40600 consists of six drawings, 1925, for Mr. J. R. Cole, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette drawing numbers 225-4, 225-5, 225-7, 225-8, 225-9, 225-10
  • Accession 40775 consists of three drawings, 1962-1964, for Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cherry, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette drawing numbers 2365-3, 2365-4
  • Accession 40959 consists of four drawings and twelve leaves of correspondence, ca. 1967, for Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Converse, Goochland County, Virginia. Gillette project number 2491
  • Accession 41083 consists of one ink jet reproduction, n.d., for J. Garnett Tabb, Esq., Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 0088
  • Accession 41097 consists of one Diazo and nine blueprint drawings, 1938, for J. Lewis White, Cifax, Virginia. Gillette project number 603
  • Accession 41104 consists of three ink jet prints of original tracing paper drawings and sundry correspondence. All materials relate to work done for Mrs. John W. Pearsall. Gillette project number 1043
  • Accession 41121 consists of one reproduction ink jet of a landscape plan, December 19, 1922, for Mr. Lewis H. Bosher, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 142-6
  • Accession 41122 consists of one reproduction ink jet landscape plan, 1948, for Mr. and Mrs. Reed Harris, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 880-2
  • Accession 41123 consists of one reproduction ink jet landscape plan, 1951, for Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Lamm, Jr., Wilson, North Carolina. Gillette project number 1053-5
  • Accession 41125 consists of one reproduction ink jet landscape plan, 1962, for Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Johns. Gillette projet number 2342-2
  • Accession 41126 consists of one blueprint drawing and two pages of correspondence. The drawing, dated 2 April 1952, and correspondence are for Mrs. B. A. Mallory, Church Road, Virginia. Gillette project number 1086-1
  • Accession 41212 consists of photocopies of a planting plan and an invoice for Mr. P. W. Bounds, Richmond, Virginia, dated 30 March 1939. Gillette project number 631-6
  • Accession 41213 consists of six blueprints and two Diazo prints depicting landscape plans, 1950, for Wirt P. Marks. Gillette project number 939
  • Accession 41214 consists of one blueprint depicting a landscape plan, December 7, 1949, for Mr. and Mrs. J. Clifford Miller. Gillette project number 662
  • Accession 41215 consists of one reproduction ink jet print landscape plan, October 12, 1936, for Mrs. Thomas S. Wheelwright. Gillette project number 9-7
  • Accession 41236 consists of one blueprint drawing of a boxwood nursery plan dated 7 May 1953 for Mr. William Ingles at White Marsh Plantation, Gloucester, Virginia. Gillette project number 1118-4
  • Accession 41243 consists of two reproduction prints of a planting plan for a cutting garden for Mr. and Mrs. J. Lewis White, Cifax, Virginia, dated 7 April 1938. Gillette project number 603-8
  • Accession 41314 consists of one blueprint drawings of a general planting and detail plan for Mrs. Louis Kolipinski, Richmond, Virginia, dated 6 March 1953. Gillette project number 1130-2
  • Accession 41351 consists of one wooden painted sign, approximately 18 1/2 in. by 33 1/2 in., from Gillette's office at 105 East Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia. The sign reads "Charles F. Gillette/ Landscape Architect/ Entrance." In 1969, following Gillette's death, the sign was removed fromt he Cary Street office by Wesley Morris at the request of Clinton Webb, friend and executor of Charles Gillette
  • Accession 41439 consists of eight Diazo print drawings and five leaves of correspondence related to projects for Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Williams at Little Yatton in Orange, Virginia, 1959-1967. Gillette project number 2277
  • Accession 41441 consists of twenty-two tracing paper and Diazo print landscape architectural drawings, 1942-1968, for Gillette projects 43, 535, 583, 650, 718, 2179, 2296, 2428, and 2486
  • Accession 41739 consists of three blueprints and one Diazo print landscape architectural drawings, 1950, for Mr. and Mrs. Gus Schwarzschild, Jr., Staunton, Virginia. Gillette project number 984
  • Accession 41774 consists of four blueprint landscape architectural drawings, 1936, for Mrs. F. D. Stranahan, Windsor Farms, Henrico County, Virginia. Gillette project number 519
  • Accession 41806 consists of eleven landscape architectural drawings (3 electrostatic, 1 blueprint, and 7 Diazo prints) , 1935-1949, for Mrs. John G. Hayes, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project numbers 50 and 458
  • Accession 42005 consists of one electrostatic print landscape architectural drawing, June 10, 1937, for Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Frost, Lynchburg, Virginia. Gillette project number 552-9
  • Accession 42054 consists of two landscape architectural drawings (electrostatic prints), ca. 1958, for Oscar Green, Kinston, North Carolina. Gillette project number 2191
  • Accession 42071 consists of two landscape architectural drawings (1 electrostatic, 1 inkjet), 1952-1953, for Dr. and Mrs. William Moore, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 1101
  • Accession 42089 consists of six landscape architectural drawings (Inkjet prints), ca. 1937, for Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Goodloe, Staunton, Virginia. Gillette project number 558
  • Accession 42090 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (electrostatic print), ca. 1959, for Mr. Edward Bozer, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 221-5
  • Accession 42298 consists of 160 landscape architectural drawings (mostly pencil on tracing paper, some blueprints, linen, and Diazo prints), ca. 1943-1967, for various clients. Gillette project numbers 1093, 2479, 2246, 2269, 2251, 2233, 979, 2437, 747, 1107, 2213, 1051, 1009, 917, 2277
  • Accession 42299 consists of correspondence, sketches, photographs, and notes on projects for Dr. T. Neil Barnett (Gillette project number 2330), Home for Incurables (Gillette project number 2388), Owens and Minor, and Mrs. Philip M. Minor, ca. 1956-1966
  • Accession 42466 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (Diazo print), 1956, for St. Luke's Church, Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Gillette project number 2100-4
  • Accession 42496 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (blueprint), 1943, for Mr. Charles Luck at "Little Dover," Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 748
  • Accession 42510 consists of one landscape architectural drawings (Diazo print), 1949, for Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Gilmore, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 958-3
  • Accession 42547 consists of nineteen landscape architectural drawings (mostly Diazo prints, some reduced prints), 1958-1965, for various clients. Gillette project numbers 2362, 2387, 2417, 2215, 2299, 2425, 2436, 2143, 2387
  • Accession 42656 consists of three landscape architectural drawings (electrostatic prints), 1963-1964, for Southampton Memorial Hospital, Franklin, Virginia (2 sheets), and Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Munford, III, Richmond, Virginia (1 sheet). Gillette account numbers 2296 and 2428, respectively
  • Accession 43090 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (inkjet print), 1956, for Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Yoffy, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 2082-4
  • Accession 43146 consists of correspondence, 1910 February 21, from Warren H. Manning, Boston, Massachusetts, to G.E. Caskie, Lynchburg, Virginia, regarding drawings submitted for the Presbyterian Orphan's Home at Lynchburg. Gillette project number 163 (CCN 1001)
  • Accession 43162 consists of two landscape architectural drawings (blueprint and copy), 1950, for Mrs. T.M. Anderson, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 980
  • Accession 43265 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (blueprint), 1950, for Mrs. T.M. Anderson, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 980
  • Accession 43306 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (inkjet copy of blueprint), 1947, for Mr. and Mrs. Horace Gray, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 851
  • Accession 43311 consists of two landscape architectural drawings (inkjet copies of blueprints), 1948, for Dr. and Mrs. Austin I. Dodson in Windsor Farms, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 891
  • Accession 43312 consists of four landscape architectural drawings (three inkjet copies of blueprints and one inkjet copy of hand-drawn colored drawing), 1937-1938, for Mr. and Mrs. John C. Davis in Westhampton, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 585
  • Accession 43307 consists of five landscape architectural drawings (inkjet copies of blueprints), 1948, for Mr. and Mrs. Reed H. Harris, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 880
  • Accession 43313 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (inkjet copy of blueprint), 1946, for Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Daniels, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 836
  • Accession 43310 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (inkjet copy of blueprint), 1951, for Mr. and Mrs. W. Harry Schwarzschild, Jr., Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 1037
  • Accession 43309 consists of two landscape architectural drawings (inkjet copies of blueprints), 1948, for Edgewood Park Subdivision, Staunton, Virginia. Gillette project number 884
  • Accession 43316 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (inkjet copy of blueprint), 1948, for Mr. and Mrs E. Hope Norton, Mathews County, Virginia. Gillette project number 889
  • Accession 43308 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (inkjet copy of blueprint), 1948, for Elmwood Cemetery, Henderson, North Carolina. Gillette project number 874
  • Accession 43327 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (inkjet copy of blueprint), 1951, for Mr. and Mrs. E. Ross Millhiser, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 891
  • Accession 43315 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (inkjet copy of blueprint), 1928, for Mrs. Randolph Williams, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 291
  • Accession 43314 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (digital copy of blueprint), 1949, for Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Morgan, Laurinburg, North Carolina. Gillette project number 897
  • Accession 43651 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (presentation drawing: watercolor and pencil on paper), 1944, for the Crestmede Subdivision, Chase City, Mecklenburg County, Virginia. Gillette project number 766
  • Accession 43892 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (inkjet copy of pencil and colored pencil on paper), 1949, for Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Bascom, St. Louis County, Missouri. Gillette project number 969
  • Accession 44116 consists of three landscape architectural drawings (blueprints), 1925-1926, for Dr. James H. Smith, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project numbers 119, 211, and 219
  • Accession 44172 consists of one landscape architectural drawing (colored drawing), 1938, for Mr. E. Addison Rennolds, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 614
  • Accession 44577 consists of four landscape architectural drawings (photocopies), 1929-1934, for Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Hummel, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette project number 344. (Original drawings located with Carl M. Lindner Sr. Architectural drawings and plans, 1923-1952, Accession 44576). Also on CD# 195
  • Accession 44612 consists of one landscape architectural drawing, 1957, for Mr. and Mrs. Sol W. Rawls (Rawles), Jr., Franklin, Virginia. Gillette project number 819. Also on CD# 196
  • Accession 44613 consists of four landscape architectural drawings, undated and unsigned, for Mr. Samuel T. Peace, Henderson, North Carolina. Gillette project number 508. Also on CD # 196
  • Accession 44893 consists of two landscape architectural drawings (one colored drawing and one blueprint) and one topographic plan, 1945, for Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Mahaney, Kenbridge, Virginia. Gillette project number 780. Photo Lab # 10_1125_01, 02, 03, 04
  • Accession 45030 consists of one landscape architectural drawing, 1961, for Plum Street Garden, Richmond, Virginia. Gillette Project No. 2346-1
  • Accession 51269 consists of three planting lists and estimates, 1939-1940, for Mr. Charles S. Luck, Jr., Gillette project numbers 625 and 671
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Biographical or historical data
  • Charles Freeman Gillette, born 14 March 1886, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, is nationally recognized as one of the premier landscape architects associated with the restoration and recreation of historic gardens in the upper South and especially Virginia. Gillette established a regional style -known as the "Virginia Garden"- characterized by its understated classicism and attention to detail. He linked architecture and landscape by emphasizing the traditional features of landscape design but also carefully sheaping each of his creative outdoor environments to compliment the most distinctive elements of his clients' homes and broader surroundings.
  • Gillette received no formal training in landscape design. However, his father was a locally known herbalist and farmer. With young Charles' help, he treated neighbors' illnesses using his knowledge of plant materials. With this firm foundation in the curative powers of plant material, Gillette went on to work at the Wisconsin Home for the Feeble-Minded. There, he recognized the soothing effect of plants and greenery on the mentally disturbed during their walks on the hospital grounds. Gradually, Charles Gillette's desire to study gardening, plants, flowers, and trees became clear. At the turn-of-the-20th-century, however, few educational institutions offered formal programs of study in landsape architecture. Instead, Gillette became an apprentice in the Boston office of Warren Manning (1860-1938), a leading landscape architect.
  • Gillette married Ellen Cogswell in 1912 and by 1913 arrived in Richmond as Manning's representative to supervise the completion of the design for the Richmond College (now the University of Richmond). Sometime around 1919, Gillette established his own practice in Richmond and remained there to pursue a career in landscape design that spanned over 50 years. During the height of the "Country Place" era, Gillette worked for wealthy clients in central Virginia. In addition to the gardens at the Nelson House in Yorktown (1915) and Kenmore in Fredericksburg (1924), Gillette designed plans for Virginia House and Agecroft Hall in Richmond's Windsor Farms neighborhood; he oversaw the restoration of the Executive Mansion gardens in the 1950s; and he planned the grounds for the Richmond headquarters of Reynolds Metals and Ethyl Corporation. Gillette also undertook projects in North Carolina and St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Charles Gillette died 30 March 1969 following a stroke, less than three years after the death of his beloved Ellen. He is interred next to her in a cemetery near New Preston, Connecticut.
Cataloging source
Vi
Location of other archival material
LVA Accessions 38934, 41096, 41258, 41389, 41440
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Papers
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Arrangement
  • Arranged alphabetically within each subseries except Series III.
  • Series III : Drawings is arranged by Client Control Number (CCN).
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Finding Aid
  • Gillette Drawings and Correspondence Database
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5,648
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library
  • Cottrell, David
  • Wack, Thomas
  • Hunton, Eppa, Mr. and Mrs.
  • Riedel, Beverly
  • Irene Preston
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mark M. Gambill
  • Bertie D. Heiner
  • Mary Converse
  • Mrs. Thomas H. Wyllie, Jr.
  • Paul and Julia Overstreet
  • John W. Pearsall
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Freeman
  • Yvonne Gold
  • W. T. Lamm III
  • Mr. and Mrs. George T. Jamerson
  • Jane Tucker
  • Jeanne Hamilton
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnson
  • Susan Green
  • Constance F. Ingles
  • Thomas H. White
  • Jean and Arnold Frederick
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wesley O. Morris
  • Wyatt A. Williams, Jr.
  • Shelley Arthur
  • Josephine L. Schwarzschild
  • Thomas N. Allen
  • Elizabeth J. Parrish
  • Jane Frost Bowden
  • Martha Sherman
  • Anne K. and R. Garnett Hall, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Kelly
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Morris
  • Mr. E. R. Campe
  • Helen Scott Townsend Reed
  • Historic St. Luke's Restoration, Inc.
  • Martha Luck Robertson
  • Dana and Andrew Moore
  • E. R. Campe
  • Shelley Arthur
  • T. Ward Wood
  • Presbyterian Homes and Family Services
  • Mary R. Gravitt
  • Mary R. Gravitt
  • Business Records Collection, Library of Virginia,
  • Harriet Robinson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Kroeger
  • Jane P. Wootton
  • Mary Denny Wray
  • William Royall and Pamela Kiecker
  • Sol W. Rawles, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan
  • June Hazlehurst
  • Robertson, Martha Luck
Organization method
The collection is arranged into nine (9) series. Series have been designated for: I. Administrative Records; II. Client Correspondence; III. Drawings; IV. Housing Projects; V. Maps; VI. Personal Papers; VII. Photograph Files; VIII. St. Giles Church Files; IX. Vendors and Sub-Contractors.
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000493478
Terms governing use
Correspondence and similar documents in the Gillette Papers may be photocopied. All requests for reproductions of photographs and architectural drawings must be made through the Library of Virginia Photo Services Department.
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